John Terry, the Chelsea captain, has spoken out in response to Craig Bellamy's derogatory comments about him in the wake of Manchester City's 4-2 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, saying: "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
Terry, whose alleged affair with Wayne Bridge's ex-partner prompted the City defender's decision to quit international football, was furious to hear the remarks on Sky TV by Bellamy, who said: "I know what JT is like and nothing surprises me about it, so I'm not going to comment on that. I think everyone in football knows what the guy is like, but that's off the field."
Terry was far from happy when he heard the comments, and told reporters in the tunnel at Stamford Bridge: "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones."
Terry endured an embarrassing afternoon as his offer of a pre-match handshake was snubbed by his former Chelsea and England team-mate Wayne Bridge, who walked straight past the outstretched palm of the Chelsea defender. It was the first time the pair had met on a football pitch since Terry used the courts to try to cover up his alleged affair with Bridge's ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel, the mother of Bridge's son Jaydon.
Bridge was warmly welcomed by other Chelsea players, but was roundly booed by some of the home supporters at Stamford Bridge. He played 87 games for Chelsea before he was sold to City last January for £10m. Bridge announced his retirement from international football last week because he believed his presence in the same squad as Terry would be "divisive".
Terry was sacked as England captain by Fabio Capello last month, and the England squad meet up today for the first time since the scandal broke, to prepare for a friendly with Egypt on Wednesday.
Capello has made it clear that Terry will never captain England while he is the manager. The Italian said: "Until the World Cup John Terry will not be captain again. After the World Cup? If I remain as England manager I think not. I asked for the captain to set an example for the young people; for the children and the fans. What he did was not good. I told him this and he understood.
"But I took the decision only because of what happened with Wayne Bridge, nothing else. I didn't ever consider taking John Terry out of the squad, just as I didn't decide to take Wayne Bridge out. And I don't believe the other players will have lost respect for him because they know his leadership qualities."
Capello said Terry will remain a key figure in the squad, even though he will not wear the coveted armband. "To me, being a leader is more important than being the captain. John Terry is a leader. I have asked him to be the same. He will be the same. He will be a leader without wearing the armband," Capello said.
The England manager also expressed his hope that Bridge will change his mind over making himself unavailable for England. "We all look at life with a different vision. It is his opinion that it is better for the squad that he is not there," Capello said.
"I think he could stay with us without a problem. I don't think it is in the best interests of the squad at all for him not to be there. But it is his decision, anything else is not important."
Gareth Barry, Bridge's City team-mate, said the players will be able to put their personal feelings about Terry to one side while on England duty. Barry said: "I think it's personal issues and as professionals you have to put it aside. Once we're together it will all be forgotten and we'll try to win a game of football because that's what it's all about."Reuse content